Save Money’s Brian Fresco and SoulTrap innovator MC Tree deliver their anticipated project “SoulTree”, which features production created entirely by MC Tree. The 10 track project features Sterling Hayes, Dally Auston, Christopher James, amongst others.
Ride with Save Money’s Dally Auston as he takes us on a ride on the West side in his latest visual “Cutlass”. As for Dally’s project Roses, expect that to be dropping real soon.
I remember having gone to the CIMM Fest hosted by Closed Sessions and watching the mini-documentary “Realer Than Most” and standing in amazement to what was going to be unleashed in the future. The future is now for many Chicago artists as they’ve kept it “Realer Than Most” as Mick Jenkins, Dally Austin, Noname Gypsy, and Saba unite forces on a powerful track produced by OnGaud. Salute to all participating parties for this track! More on the collaboration below and documentary below.
Chicago’s winter was especially brutal in 2014, yet in stark contrast, our Hip Hop scene has been on fire. On the coldest day of the year we assembled an all-star cast of Mick Jenkins, Dally Auston, NoName Gypsy, Saba and producers OnGaud at SoundScape Studio for a special Closed Session.
While this group of emcees and producers have been friends for a long time, and worked together in the past, this session was their first time all working together simultaneously on one song. The result is “Realer Than Most” a dope new cut from our newest compilation, Closed Sessions Vol. 3 releasing soon.
The Save Money Army has become a musical machine of sorts and Sterling Hayes enlists Dally Auston and Via Rosa on a track titled after the king of Chicago’s political machine, “Mayor Daley”.
Hyped from the start, Underground Wonder Bar’s “Follow The Fox” was one of many anticipated events going down Saturday night. Needless to say, shit definitely did not disappoint.
Featuring four of Chicago’s most talked about artists – Brian Fresco, Mojek, A Billion Young, and Dally Auston, the whole city came out to show love. Chance The Rapper, making a brief pit stop in his hometown, came through early on the night showing love and hyping the crowd. Even with a tight schedule, Chance’s appearance was a great early reminder that not only are Chicago artists leading the music industry but talent in the Windy city is growing bigger, better, and faster than any other city.
Starting the night off was Mojek or Young Africa, another Chicago-based producer who hit his set hard with a mixture of smooth house tracks and remixed club tunes. Without a doubt, it was clear why he was leading the night. Throwing down crisp tracks while seamlessly upping the energy of the crowd and performers, dude had everyone vibing. Setting the mood for the night, Mojek does a great job transitioning for Brian Fresco and A Billion Young’s set, one of the many highlights of the night.
Brian Fresco was one of the many talked about names of the hour. And for good reason. His energy and his ability to command the crowd were so on point. By the beginning, middle, and end of his performance he had every person in every corner bumping and dusting the sweat off their foreheads. A Billion Young also threw down with Brian Fresco, hitting beat after beat while still showcasing their individual sound. Having already wrote about A Billion Young earlier this week, these guys are even more impressive live. With a special eye for detail and a real passion for their craft, these guys are definitely ones to watch.
Despite the high-note that these guys left, Dally Auston ended the night and came through with the same energy. Showing us why previous laidback tracks like “WSGT$” and “Hol’ Up” is just another layer of his work, Dally Auston gave the crowd another look at this creative process. Throwing down even more dope hooks, fresher verses, and lyrical emphasis, I am excited to see all that Dally Auston is bringing to the table.
All in all, great job last night! With a fusion of different music, fashion, and art lovers all in one room and supporting the music community, the love and energy was definitely a great reminder why other cities really don’t got shit on us. In other words, Chicago artists have and always will be the ones to put the industry on. Period.